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Quit notice: What will happen to Nigeria, Atiku opens up

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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a former Nigerian Vice President has revealed that the hate speeches and quit notices issued to Igbos in the North and counter notices are capable of breaking the country is caution is not taken.

Abubakar noted that the issue has so much generated heat in Nigerian polity, while speaking in statement on Sunday.

Mr. Abubakar had tagged the statement, ‘An eye for an eye will leave Nigeria blind’, and to promote unity in the country he called for restructuring of Nigeria and replacement of state of origin with state of residence.

The statement in part reads:

“First and foremost, it is a fallacy to believe that there are people of northern or southern origin. Nigeria only has people of one origin. We are all of Nigerian origin.

“As Nigerians, we must be pragmatic enough to realise the obvious truth that an eye for an eye will leave Nigeria blind.

‘Let me at this juncture remind these “quit noticers” that when brothers fight to the death over a domestic dispute, it is their neighbours that eventually end up inheriting their father’s property.

“It is also for this reason, among others, that I have urged and still urge that Nigeria should be restructured and that state of origin ought to be removed from our constitution and other relevant laws and policies, to be replaced by state of residency.

“If we, as Nigerians, are tied to our residency, rather than the state where our ancestors originated from, this whole idea of quit notice would not have arisen in the first place.

“Let us remember that though we have many ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, we are all largely of one race. In the United Arab Emirates, foreigners exceed the native Emiratis in number, yet the UAE is one of the most peaceful nations on earth. If people of different races can live in peace in South Africa and the United States, why can’t we do the same here?”, Mr. Abubakar said.

The Northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Youths Forum had issued quit notice to Igbo people to vacate their territories in all 19 states on or before October 1, and this had brought an ending debates and uproar.

 

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